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Home-Style Burgundy Beef Stew


Home-Style Burgundy Beef Stew


Beef stew is one of my all time favorite comfort foods. Luckily, we’re just hitting our stride here in New England with cooler evenings. For me, that means stews, soups and all things comforting are going to start showing up in my weekly menu planning. When it was time to choose a recipe from this week’s American Diabetes Association (ADA) cookbook, it didn’t take me very long to decide. Home Style Beef Burgundy Stew. For me! Well, I’ll share, but it makes me very happy. I love it!

We’ve got tender beef cubes, sweet carrots and silky potatoes happening here. As for seasonings, there was one I’d never used in beef stew before--Allspice! Say what? Yes, Allspice. I didn’t question, I went with it. Upon first taste of the finished stew, I was sold. It’s a lovely flavor in this stew, and very fitting for the fall season. It’s warm and cozy.

This week we’re cooking from Nancy Hughes’ cookbook Gluten-Free Recipes for People with Diabetes. There are so many recipes in this book I want to try, as in the last book we highlighted. It’s a gluten-free cookbook, but unless you actually told someone you were feeding them gluten-free food, they likely wouldn’t know. The idea is: spotlight the stars of the recipe you’re enjoying instead of talking about what you’ve left out or made a substitution for.

As I said in my previous post, for the month of September, we’re celebrating "30 Days of Family Health,” sponsored by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The best prevention for diabetes starts early in life, through maintaining a healthy lifestyle and developing good habits at a young age. There are twelve bloggers helping to promote this healthy message for the month of September, so there will be no shortage of recipe ideas brought to you by the ADA and some very talented cookbook authors! All you have to do is follow along and enjoy the ride. Check out Kitchen PLAY to get all of the latest details, links and recipes.

Home-Style Burgundy Beef Stew

Serves 4 • Serving Size: 1 1/4 cups • Makes 5 cups

1 tablespoon canola oil, divided
1 pound lean boneless chuck, trimmed of fat and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 cup chopped onion
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
8 ounces whole mushrooms
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup dry red wine
2 teaspoons gluten-free Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
2 packets sodium-free, gluten-free beef bouillon granules
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
2 medium carrots, scrubbed, halved lengthwise, and cut into 3-inch pieces (8 ounces total)
12 ounces russet potatoes, peeled (optional), and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
3/4 teaspoon salt

1. Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Working in batches, brown half of the beef; set aside on separate plate. Repeat with 1 teaspoon of the oil and remaining beef; set aside. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil to the pan residue, cook the onions and garlic 3 minutes or until onions are brown on edges.

2. Stir in the mushrooms, water, wine, Worcestershire, sugar, bouillon, allspice, and return the beef to the onions in the Dutch oven. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat, cover, and simmer 1 hour and 15 minutes.

3. Stir in the carrots and potatoes, cover, and cook 45 minutes or until beef is tender.

For a thicker consistency, using a potato masher or large slotted spoon, mash some of the potatoes and carrots. This technique also adds flavor as well as thickness.

NOTE: There is no mention of the ¾ teaspoon of salt in the recipe directions, but I assume it’s added at the end when you taste and adjust for seasonings.


1 Starch, 2 Vegetable, 2 Lean Meat, 1 Fat


Calories 255
Calories from Fat 70
Total Fat 8.0 g
Saturated Fat 1.8 g
Trans Fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 50 mg
Sodium 540 mg
Potassium 1025 mg
Total Carbohydrate 25 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Sugars 7 g
Protein 21 g
Phosphorus 250 mg

There will be other cookbooks highlighted this month that are available in the ADA catalog. You can shop there now and receive a 25% discount on all books until October 4th, 2013! The discount code is KITCHEN2013. Remember, follow along at Kitchen PLAY for more links all month long, and stay tuned to this space for two more 30 Days of Family Health this month.

*This post is sponsored by the ADA in conjunction with Kitchen PLAY.


Tate’s Bake Shop Gluten Free Giveaway

Tate's Bake Shop Gluten Free Cookies and Brownies

Some of you may remember my last giveaway from Tate’s Bake Shop in Southampton, NY. I’m back with another one, this time focusing on their new line of Gluten Free goodies!

Winner chosen! The lucky recipient of the gluten free basket is commenter #66: Julie. Congrats, Julie! Stay tuned for more fun giveaways!

Now, I don’t need to eat gluten free, but these days, a lot of people do. I’m betting that many of you know at least one or two people that suffer from celiac disease, and are eating gluten free foods. This doesn’t mean that they have to cut out flavor and fun foods, it just means looking at food in a different way--and eliminating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats.

Tate’s has used rice and almond flours in their gluten free line instead of traditional wheat flour, but they’ve kept in the traditional ingredients you know and love--like butter, chocolate, eggs, vanilla, and sugar.

Do you have family or friends that are gluten free? This GF gift basket, and the others at Tate’s would make fabulous holiday gifts!

The Gluten Free Basket I’m giving away includes:

  • Three (8 oz) bags of Tate’s signature thin, crispy chocolate chip cookies, made with rice flour.
  • Three dense, dark, gluten-free brownies, made with almond flour.

The real test? How do they taste?!

  • Oh my gosh. Words can’t describe the rich, chewy, dense brownies. Pure heaven! Or sinfully good, if that’s your thing. I couldn’t even finish one by myself, and that’s saying something! These are no teeny little brownies! Tate’s doesn’t skimp when cutting these babies up--they’re good sized rectangular bars--perfect for sharing.
  • The cookies are just what you’d expect from Tate’s signature crispy chocolate chip cookies. Buttery, crunchy, crisp, and flecked with rich chocolate chips. Did I mention buttery? I love these cookies.
  • Did I say Gluten Free? If no one told me these were gluten free, I’d honestly never know. Seriously! Your GF family and friends will love you forever for turning them on to these treats from Tate’s.

Tate's Bake Shop Gluten Free Cookies and Brownies

It’s probably a good thing that I don’t live close to Tate’s Bake Shop, because it could be dangerous. I’d be in there every single day! I know I would. I’m weak that way.

Don’t forget, you can also pick up Kathleen King’s Tate’s Bake Shop cookbook right on the site! I have the book already, and it’s one of my favorites, with a special place on my kitchen shelf--reserved for my most used and favorite cookbooks. And like I said, a gift from Tate’s Bake Shop, gluten free or not, would make anyone you love happy--and they’ll remember it for a long time. If you can’t decide what to send, Tate’s also offers gift certificates. Are you a business owner? Check out Tate’s line of Corporate Gifts!

I have a special COUPON CODE for all of you to use and enjoy from today until December 31, 2011! The coupon code is BLOGGER. Use the code for 15% off your order until the end of the year!



To win your very own Gluten Free Basket from Tate’s Bake Shop (US shipping only), and trust me, you’re going to want this one:

1. Leave a comment on this post with a valid email address telling me if the GF goodies are for you, or a GF friend/family member. (I’m not going to tell on you if you’re keeping them for yourself!)

2. Like Tate’s Bake Shop on Facebook, and stay up to date with the latest news and info from Tate’s. Leave a comment here telling me you did.

3. Follow Tate’s on Twitter. Leave a comment here telling me you did.

Bonus Entry:

4. Tweet this text below and leave an additional comment here:

 Giveaway! @TatesBakeShop Gluten Free Cookie/Brownie Basket @elleskitchen : Sinfully delicious! #giveaway

That’s it! I’ll choose a winner next Monday, December 5th. Good luck, and thank you to Tate’s Bake Shop!


Disclaimer: I received my basket free of charge, but my opinions are my own not paid for.